“It’s charcoal wool crepe, Jim – but not as we know it.” Wool crepe is surely one of our most beloved fabrics here at ClothSpot. We adore the drape, the warmth, the classic elegance and the ease of fitting. This stretch charcoal wool crepe however is a different kettle of fish from the one we’re used to.
The drape of a crepe fabric is usually very distinctive – usually very fluid, with the texture of the crepe weave also part of its distinctive appearance and handle. In the case of this stretch charcoal wool crepe however, the handle is much flatter and crisper than we might have expected. In short, it’s a much more refined fabric than we’re used to – and although it does have a very lively drape as you can see from this video, it’s a fabric that falls into folds rather than a heap.
It’s these differences that make it such an elegant, and somewhat more formal fabric. We’d describe it as a lighter-weight suiting fabric or a good medium-weight dress fabric, which has good opacity for its weight. Dresses which are required to hold a little shape, trousers, skirts and jackets are all options and any design with a strong shape or with structural pleats and folds, would be very much the forte of this stretch charcoal wool crepe fabric.
However for our money, the idea of a pair of elegant trousers is hard to resist. Whether you go for a cropped cigarette pants or a wider-legged option, this grey wool crepe fabric won’t disappoint. Should you need some style inspiration, we have two words. Katherine Hepburn – whose penchant for trousers is discussed in this article from Vanity Fair.
On the pattern front, we know that lots of you have personal trouser favourites. However just as an indication of the kind of classic we think this grey wool flannel fabric might be suited to, consider these Wide Leg Trousers from BurdaStyle.
If you take the time to fit them well, you’ll have a wardrobe essential for years to come. Take a look at our ‘Seeking the ultimate trousers’ blogs for some useful tips and fitting resources.
99% wool, 1% elastane
We recommend spot- and dry-cleaning wool garments, particularly if they’re lined. Find out more on our About our fabric pages